Powering Potential

Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) makes it possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk, which powers language, literacy, and lifetime success.

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Listening & Spoken Language (LSL)

Learning listening and spoken language (LSL) is possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Discover what the LSL approach is, why it matters, and what it takes to teach your child how to listen and talk.

Parents' LSL Journey: Julie Lyles Carr and Mike Carr


It’s important for you to know the hearing status of your baby. If they have hearing loss, there are medical and technological ways to get auditory information through the doorway to your baby’s brain.

Dr. Carol Flexer, a notable audiology thought leader, explains how we hear with our brains and why hearing technology is so important.

LSL Services & Support

After receiving a hearing loss diagnosis and fitting your child with hearing technology, you should continue your listening and spoken language (LSL) journey by seeking early LSL intervention services and building a team of professionals, friends, and family to support you along the way.

Lillian Henderson, Certified LSLS®, shares her perspective on the parent-professional partnership in LSL intervention.

Learning & Growing LSL

The goal of the LSL approach is for your child with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language skills just like their hearing friends. Discover some of the strategies you can use, how to include LSL techniques in your daily routines, and how to prepare for new life experiences as your child grows.

Meet children with hearing loss speaking for themselves about their hearing devices, their school, and what they love to do!

Listening & Reading Connection

There’s a direct connection between the development of listening and spoken language (LSL) and literacy skills, like reading and writing. By incorporating the listening and reading connection into your baby’s daily life, you can grow their brain for a lifetime of reading and unlimited possibilities.  

Hunter is in second grade with hearing friends. Watch as she participates in reading with her classmates.

Celebrate LSL

Hearing is the foundational building block for children to learn to listen and talk, become healthy readers, and do well in school. Hearing powers language, literacy, dreams, opportunities, and lifetime success. Hearing powers a child’s potential.

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Mike and Julie talk about their early experience making the decision to pursue LSL for Maesy. Listen as they share how their LSL interventionist helped them set and exceed high expectations for her.

Riley’s mom shares her initial fears as her daughter started mainstream school. Listen as she talks about overcoming those fears through asking questions and finding the right place with supportive teachers for her daughter’s successful transition to school with hearing friends.

Celebrate Outcomes: An Inside Look


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October 24, 2016

Hearing First Powers Community

Join our online Professional Community to connect with peers and advance your Listening and Spoken Language practice.

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October 20, 2016

Final LSL By The Season: Humor

Reading aloud every day helps children with hearing loss build literacy skills. Here are five “humor” books with specific concepts, skills and activities for incorporating Listening and Spoken Language strategies into your reading time.

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October 12, 2016

Six Tips for Responding in Online Discussions

Discussion threads are a key activity to engage with others online. Starting and responding to discussions online may be new at first, but it’s a lot like having a face to face conversation. Here are six tips to help make online discussions more familiar.

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At Hearing First, we want all children to benefit from the availability of newborn hearing screening and for parents to learn the status of their baby’s hearing first. Hearing is a foundational building block for children to learn to listen and talk, become healthy readers, and do well in school.

Today, children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk and can achieve learning and literacy outcomes on par with their hearing friends. The earlier a child with hearing loss is identified, amplified, and receiving help, the more opportunities that child will have. We want all children to have the opportunity to take advantage of access to sound – a critical building block for future success. We are dedicated to powering potential.

Want to learn more about what we do?

Download this handout to find out more about our vision and how we’re working to power LSL outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.